Maya Angelou Residence Hall opened in 2016 and completes the South Forest neighborhood of first-year residence halls. The hall was named for poet, author, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou taught poetry and literature to generations of Wake Forest students as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death in 2014. She described herself as a “teacher who writes,” but the impact of her legacy of courage, honesty and strength reaches well beyond the classroom. The pen and bird on the seal signify the uplifting power of Dr. Angelou’s words in works like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Still I Rise.”
Famous Alumni: Their stories are still being written. Perhaps by you.
Associate Professor, University Theatre
J E R Friedenberg JERF (BA Wake Forest University, MFA Carnegie Mellon University) Director of Theatre and Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance. Jerf teaches Theatre Management, Stage Management, Intro to Theatre, First Year Seminars, Senior Seminar, and team teaches Studio Production. He regularly directs plays and travels frequently adjudicating productions as well as recruiting for theatre and the arts at Wake. His checkered academic career has given him an appreciation for education over training, experience over observation, and reflection over urgency. With two grown daughters, he is an advocate for equality, a fan of title IX, and a supporter of women’s soccer and other sports. He tends to go left on hugs and politics.
Associate Professor, Law: Instruction
Welcome! My name is Barbara Lentz and I teach Contracts, nonprofit law, writing and art law courses at the law school, in London and Nicaragua plus a nonprofit and social entrepreneurship class at the College. I grew up in Chicago, and practiced law there and in other big cities before moving to North Carolina. I founded Forsyth Backpack to run weekend and supplemental food programs at public schools and am involved with Pro Humanitate efforts on campus and in our community. Working with students is the best part of my job, so I enjoy serving as a Faculty Fellow at Angelou Hall. My large, not-so-smart Labradors will also be spending some time at Angelou Hall on the patio.
Associate Professor, Physics
Hello! I'm Jed Macosko, a professor in the Physics Department since 2004. I research the interface between physics and cancer and also enjoy pioneering new educational uses of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. I'm excited to be a faculty fellow and to be involved in your first-year experience at Angelou Hall. My own first-year experience was something I will remember the rest of my life, and I greatly appreciated the professors who took time away from their research to have dinners at our living house and who spent time out of the classroom to help me find my way in life. Now, with five children of my own on their way to college in the next few years, I'm excited to help your amazing university experience at Wake Forest be even more enriching.